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Rita’s story

Rita loved swimming and was a strong swimmer from an early age, first winning the women’s Rose Bowl trophy in 1950 aged 13 and continuing to win it for an astonishing 18 times. Rita excelled at other sports too, winning diving and swimming events in Western Counties and Wales School Championships, and representing her college in  cricket, hockey, tennis, and badminton. Rita also coached many children how to swim, dive and life saving in Clevedon marine lake. Outside of athletics, Rita was an artists and piano player. Rita and her mum Joyce managed the marine lake from 1957 for 30 years.